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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - The Official Movie Special

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - The Official Movie Special

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - The Official Movie Special

The ultimate in-depth magazine companion to the grand climax of the Skywalker saga! Go behind the scenes on Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, with concept art, set photography, and exclusive interviews with cast and crew!

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United Kingdom
Titan Publishing Group

in this issue

1 min
zorii bliss the mystery

KERI RUSSELL ZORII BLISS As one of the newcomers in this movie, how did you feel when you found out you were going to be part of the cast in The Rise of Skywalker? First of all, I have three kids. And even though I’ve been an actor for a long time, there is nothing else I have ever done where my son thought it was cool. He said, “Wow!” And what I love about these movies most of all is the metaphor of “believing in yourself.” It’s such a good message. Star Wars is very much about the light and the dark, and the struggle between them. Where does Zorii fit into the theme about light versus dark in The Rise of Skywalker? She kind of lives in the gray area between the two.…

2 min
lando calrissian the charmer

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS LANDO CALRISSIAN There’s been quite a buzz, quite a warm reception, from the fans regarding Lando Calrissian’s return. Did you have any reservations about returning to reprising the role? I had no reservations. None whatsoever. At times I wondered if Lando would return. So I was very happy about being asked to come back. You have had a very unique journey with Star Wars, seeing as you were part of the original trilogy. What did it mean to you to be part of the franchise back during its inception? At that time there were all these new, young, extraordinary filmmakers emerging, such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. I was really looking forward to working with George Lucas. As an actor, you are always looking forward to doing interesting…

4 min
finn hero of the resistance

JOHN BOYEGA FINN How did you feel when you realized The Rise of Skywalker is the final movie in a saga spanning more than 40 years? It’s funny… Initially, I didn’t connect the script to the Skywalker saga at the moment I was reading it. For me it was just the end of our five-year journey, our little contribution to this big story. It felt weird knowing we were going to bring it to a conclusion. How does it feel to have been a part of this latest series of Star Wars films? Thinking back on The Force Awakens, you realize everything has led to this moment. It feels nice to be one of the main characters in this story. I mean, wow! It’s been a blessing and an honor. While making these three movies, how…

3 min
chris terrio writer

CHRIS TERRIO WRITER What was your journey like as you worked on The Rise of Skywalker, from first discussing ideas, to putting them on paper, and then to finally seeing everything onscreen? There were days we arrived on set and we were utterly shocked by what everyone had been able to do. As it went along, it was a series of continual wonders and astonishments. A small conversation between J.J. [Abrams], Michelle [Rejwan], Kathy [Kennedy] and myself is suddenly realized on such a grand scale. It was all accomplished with the help of many people from the creature department, the costume and production designers, and of course by the visual effects team. It’s an amazing world they created. It’s the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, and it needs to be emotional and exciting…

1 min
resistance heroes

RESISTANCE HEROES MAJOR “SNAP” WEXLEY Hailing from Akiva, “Snap” Wexley is a veteran of the Battle of Jakku. His skills as a pilot were honed under the guidance of his mentor, Rebel Alliance ace Wedge Antilles, and Wexley become one of the first members of General Leia’s Resistance. COMMANDER D’ACY A former fleet officer, commander Larma D’Acy has taken on a strategic command position, advising General Leia and working flat out to get the Ajan Kloss base up and running. NIEN NUNB The co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor, Nien Nunb now flies General Organa’s personal craft, the Tantive IV. LIEUTENANT CONNIX Working closely with General Leia, Kaydel Connix has played a key role in establishing the Resistance’s base of operations on Ajan Kloss.…

2 min
luke skywalker the myth

MARK HAMILL LUKE SKYWALKER How does it feel to be back and part of the ending of the saga in The Rise of Skywalker? I never in a million years expected to be back. I thought if they did a third trilogy, it would be set ten, fifty, or even one hundred years in the future, so it was completely unexpected. I’m enjoying it in a way I never could have in my twenties. What amazes you when you think about where your journey started until now? Wherever I go, people are so warm and so friendly. It’s quite amazing. Of course, not only do they watch the films repeatedly, but they read the novels and the comic books, and they play the video games and the roleplaying games—all of it. I understand it’s not…